Health Tip: Feeding Your Child a Vegetarian Diet

Make sure it includes enough nutrients

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(HealthDay News) -- If you're feeding your child a vegetarian diet, make sure he or she is getting enough essential nutrients.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says the child's diet should include:

  • Vitamin B12, found in eggs and milk. If the child is on a strictly vegan diet, fortified soy products and fortified cereals are good sources.
  • Vitamin D and calcium, found in fortified milk and dairy products, such as cheese and yogurt.
  • Iron, found in daily supplements and fortified cereals.
  • Protein, found in beans, fortified cereals and soy milk. Yogurt and eggs also are good choices.
  • Fiber, found in fortified and whole-grain breads, pastas and cereals, as well as avocados, nuts and seeds.

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